Chandigarh A day after a stray dog bit eight people, including an elderly man, in Sector 15 on Saturday and died later, a civic body official said there were chances that the canine was rabid.
Dr MS Kamboj, superintendent, slaughter wing, MC, said,“We have asked the dog-bite victims to receive proper treatment as we cannot rule out the possibility of the dog being rabid.”
“We have sent a sample to the Central Research institute(CRI), Kasauli, and will receive report in a week’s time. On Sunday, we held a camp in Sector 15 on vaccination of stray dogs in view of the incident a day before,” Kamboj further added.
He said officials of the UT animal husbandry department are also trying to find out if the dog died due to having received injuries after it was beaten up by residents.
City mayor Asha Kumari Jaswal said, “I have already spoken to the victims and asked them not to panic. Inspectors of the medical officers’ health also counselled them. Some of them were in a state of shock after the incident.”
The dog first attacked Kanhaiya, who works at an MC public toilet, sleeping outside the toilet block early morning. After an hour, a rickshaw-puller was attacked while sleeping in the corridor of a local market.